Iuel Takes 3rd In Pac-12 Heptathlon, Moves To 4th On USC's All-Time List|
May 10, 2015
Amalie Iuel finished third in the heptathlon and Jemal Williams 12th in the decathlon at the 2015 Pac-12 Multi-Events Championships hosted by UCLA in Westwood, Calif. today (May 10). Iuel's two-day total of 5610 points moved her into fourth place on USC's all-time heptathlon list.
During the two-day competition, the sophomore Iuel set five personal bests in the seven events to better her previous heptathlon total of 5378 by 232 points to vault her from seventh to fourth on USC's all-time list. Her point total of 5610 moves her into 16th place on the NCAA descending order list entering action this weekend.
The long jump was the first event for the women and Iuel had a season-best leap of 18-7.25/5.67m in her first attempt. In her next attempt, she had a wind-aided PR of 19-2.00/5.84m (+4.0w) which was good for fourth in the competition and earned her 801 points. For good measure, in her last attempt she set her wind-legal PR of 19-1.50/5.83m (+1.9), but it was not an improvement. After the results of the first event of the day, Iuel had moved into first place with 4169 points, a 28-point lead over Abrianna Torres of Colorado, a 32-point lead over Ashlee Moore of Oregon and a 33-point lead over Tatum Souza of UCLA and Alyssa Brooks-Johns of Washington State.
With just 33 points separating the top five heptathlon competitors, the volatile javelin event with some of the athletes having PRs more than 50 feet better than other competitors was going to be crucial. Iuel had a first throw of 97-4 (29.68m) in her first attempt. She improved to 98-11 (30.16m) in her second attempt and was going to need a big final throw to give herself a chance in the 800m race as Brooks-Johns had a throw of 146-10, Moore had a throw of 137-3, Souza a throw of 129-11 and Torres a throw of 119-7. Iuel's final attempt went for 98-0 (29.92m) which was not an improvement, so she earned 480 points in the event. After six events, Iuel had dropped into fifth place, 246 points behind the leader Brooks-Johns of Washington State.
Iuel knew the only way to put pressure on the leaders was to win the 800m race by a lot, so she did, winning with a PR of 2:10.28 to defeat the field by more than three and a half seconds, but it wasn't enough. Brooks-Johns was second at 2:13.94 and Souza was fifth at 2:18.76 to hold off Iuel. Brooks-Johns, who had a PR in all seven events, won with a total of 5803 points and Souza took second with a total of 5636 points. Iuel's 800m time was a PR by more than two seconds and was the fastest 800m race run by any Trojan woman since Christine Cortez had a time of 2:10.01 on May 13, 2011.
The decathlon got started today two and a half hours before the heptathlon, but ended about an hour and a half later as the men competed in five events compared to the three final-day events for the women.
The first men's event was the 110m HH and the senior Williams took third in his heat and seventh overall with a time of 15.12 (+1.5). He scored 835 points in the event and moved from 12th to 11th in the overall competition.
The next event was the discus throw and he began the competition with a throw of 111-11 (34.14m). He then had a foul in his second attempt. In his third attempt he was called for a foot-foul, so his first mark was good for 10th in the event and he scored 546 points to remain in 11th place.
Williams entered the pole vault competition at 14-2.50 (4.33m) and cleared it in his first attempt. He could not clear the next height of 14-6.25 (4.43m), so he finished the event tied for seventh place to earn 711 points. After eight events, he remained in 11th place with 5563 points.
Williams had a mark of 125-11 (38.39m) in his first javelin throw attempt and then a foul in his next two throws, so he finished 13th in the event and earned 419 points. With just the 1500m race remaining, Williams had 5982 points and stood in 12th place.
The final event of the competition was the men's 1500m race and Williams took eighth place with a time of 4:41.28. Williams earned 672 points in the event to finish with 6654 total and in 12th place.
With one event completed in the 2015 Pac-12 Track and Field Championships, the USC women's team is in third place with six points and the men's team is yet to get on the board. Arizona leads the men's competition with 12 points and Washington State and UCLA lead the women's competition with 10 points. The remaining 20 events in the Pac-12 Track and Field Championships will be contested on May 16-17 at UCLA.